• Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

Bearcats’ head coach Luke Fickell leads the team onto the field. Photo by Michael Mitchell

Story and photos by Michael L. Mitchell

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats played the 22-ranked Army West Point at Nippert Stadium on Saturday,  September 26, before a crowd of just family members because of the new rules due too COVID-19.

UC Quarterback Desmond Ridder passes against Army. Photo by Michael Mitchell

The final score was Bearcats 22, Army Black Knights 10.

The game started bad for the Bearcats, when UC quarterback Desmond Ridder’s pitchout was fumbled and Army’s Jabari Moore ran it the other way for a 41-yard touchdown.

Jayson Jackson carries for UC. Photo by Michael Mitchell

But that was the only highlight Army would have the rest of the day as UC’s defense held them to 276 total yards, with 210 of those coming from their running game.    

The Bearcats scored when Ridder completed a 45-yard pass to Jayson Jackson and two plays later found Michael Young for a 12-yard TD.

Elijah Ponder (93) rushes the Army quarterback. Photo by Michael Mitchell

Cincinnati sealed the win when Ridder hit running back Gerrid Doaks for a 60-yard pass for a touchdown

The Bearcats are now 2 and 0 and will play South Florida at Nipper Stadium Saturday, October 3.

Bearcats #8 – Michael Young Jr. Photo by Michael Mitchell